In February's Six Sigma Forum Magazine, Dennis R. Delisle and Kathleen Jaffe detail how Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia used lean strategies to improve perioperative patient flow.
A project team at Boston Scientific, Heredia (Costa Rica), used a DMAIC roadmap to help identify and implement an efficient continuous-flow packaging line in its Amplatz Super Stiff™ Guidewires area, resulting in a cost saving and cost avoidance. Read the case study.
A case study in the May 2014 issue of Six Sigma Forum Magazine focuses on the human side of change and introduces a change management approach to help organizations transition from their current state to a desired future state.
A study of 28 organizations shows that effective implementation of Six Sigma led to an average savings of 1.7 percent of revenues over the period of implementation and an average return of more than $2 in direct savings for every dollar invested.
When potential root cause analysis through a fishbone diagram alone does not offer obvious direction, try combining the fishbone diagram with a suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, and customers (SIPOC) diagram and a cause and effect matrix to jump-start a lean Six Sigma project.
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